Latest posts by KT53

Pruning buddleia davidii

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 14:47

Dead flower heads on the buddleia are looking scruffy.  As it's a pretty tough plant would I be doing any harm if I cut the flowering stems back at present?

I know to hard prune in spring.

Gravel Patio query

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 18:05

We just had gravel laid in our front garden.  They dug out to 125mm, laid membrane then 100 mm of compacted aggregate, covered with 25mm of 20 mm gravel.  All depths approximate.  If we hadn't wanted it to a standard which would permit parking a car on it, they said they could have got away with 50 mm of aggregate.

moving house/moving garden

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 13:39

Anything in pots you are free to take.  Anything which was actually planted in the garden at the time the purchasers viewed it should only be removed with their express agreement.

When we moved to our current house the vendor said they were leaving a large pond pump (not a plant I know), but when we came to use it I discovered he had removed it and replaced it with a cheap one which wasn't up to the job.  I could have pursue it but didn't.  Simply mentioned it to my new neighbours who, sadly, weren't in the least surprised!


Posted: 23/08/2016 at 11:35

And now we have all the clamour for awards for all the competitors who won gold medals.  Surely winning the gold should be award itself.

I have always felt that any awards should only be made once sports people finish playing/competing.  That would also avoid the ridiculous situation of somebody receiving for example, an MBE, then performing well in the future and the expectation that the award would be 'upgraded'.

The whole system was cheapened in my eyes when the England cricket team were all given MBE's for winning the Ashes for the first time in about 10 million years.  They then promptly lost them again in a 5 - 0 whitewash!!

As has been suggested on radio and TV, the people who really deserve the awards are the ones who have worked behint the scenes to get the competitors to where they are now.

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Posted: 22/08/2016 at 11:06

I wouldn't say it's my favourite moment, far too many to choose just one, but as an example of what the Olympics mean it has to be the interview with Lutalo Mohammad immediately after his Taekwondo final.

The guy was utterly devastated but still did the interview.  I don't think I would have been able to do it.


Posted: 22/08/2016 at 08:29

Ah well.  All over for another 4 years but what an incredible performance by the members of Team GB.  One or two who failed to deliver on hopes and expectations, but that's the nature of sport.

It will be interesting to see how the Paralympics goes with all the cutbacks.

Vertical gardens

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 08:23

I've seen 'living walls' used by Alan Titchmarsh and to a smaller scale on Garden Rescue.  They are a lot of hard work as they require a lot of watering.  Imagine hanging baskets but only about 6" across, hung onto a trellis panel and you'll get the basic idea.

I can imagine them being effective inside on large commercial premises, but not in a home.


Posted: 21/08/2016 at 13:34
Ladybird4 says:

No pros in the Olympics. Its for amateurs.

Least I thought it was!

See original post

 It hasn't been amateur for many years. For example, Usain Bolt earned over 30 million dollars in 2015.


Posted: 20/08/2016 at 19:13
Verdun says:

It was a cracking fight....the Frenchwoman fought her way to try to win and she very nearly did. Nicola Adams held on and did herself and GB proud  A very popular charismatic person too 

watching the amateurs here it is clear to me many in fhe professional ranks would struggle to win Olympic medals.

See original post

 I haven't watched much of the boxing.  Have pro's won any medals so far?


Posted: 20/08/2016 at 18:07

It certainly is a shame for him.  As he said in his interview after the event.  An Olympic record in qualy.  Pity they don't carry the scores forward.  Positive is that he's already talking about the next Olympics.

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